I am a highly qualified and dedicated English teacher with 12 years` experience in both secondary schools and sixth-form colleges. I strongly believe that students learn best when they realise that English can be a channel for developing their own ideas, opinions and perspectives on the world. That impulse then provides the most powerful and lasting incentive for them to build the linguistic and critical skills they need to achieve high grades in both English Language and English Literature. I aim to develop this genuine passion and confidence in every way I can, from helping students to develop sustained, balanced arguments on A-Level Literature texts, to helping them shape personal experiences, opinions and memories into focused and vivid writing for KS3 and GCSE extended writing tasks. Once I have helped to create this basic engagement, I also place strong stress on systematic exercises to improve sentence structure, grammar and spelling. I also think it is vital for students to have a tool-kit of techniques for planning and writing in response to specific exam questions, and make sure that students put this into practice regularly and repeatedly as the exam gets closer. It is this combination of confidence, strong writing skills and knowledge of what examiners are looking for that is the key to transforming students achievement.
Availability: Currently, I am available on weekdays from 4.30 pm onwards, and any time at weekends.
Willing to travel: 15 miles
Experience: I have been a qualified secondary teacher for the past 12 years, working in a grammar school, and then two sixth-form colleges in Greater London. Teaching this subject is a vocation for me, and I am very proud to have helped my students gain excellent results over the years at every level, from A-Level English Literature to GCSE and Functional Skills English. For example, at Christ the King Sixth Form College in Sidcup, where I worked until moving to Worthing, my GCSE English students achieved well over 80% C grades or Grade 4s and above for three years running, our teams achievement being recognised in a nomination for the TES FE Teaching Awards 2017. Meanwhile, a high proportion of my A-Level students consistently achieved grades A* to B, rising to 52% of my class in my final year. I thus have a great deal of recent experience in helping students prepare for the requirements of specific exam boards at GCSE English Language and Literature, and A-Level English Literature, English Language and Literature and English Language. Finally, my current return to academic research in English Literature (I am writing a PhD on early 20th-century fiction at Birkbeck, University of London) gives me a strong overview of current critical perspectives, an increasingly important part of A-Level syllabuses in English in recent years.
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